TX Dems Don’t Like Election Law – So They Take Their Ball and Go Home

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Reuters Photo. Critics say the proposed law disproportionately affects voters from ethnic minorities.

Texas Democrats abandoned the House floor on Sunday night in an effort to prevent the passage of a sweeping election overhaul bill that had already passed the state’s Senate.

The Democrat lawmakers managed to defeat the bill temporarily by breaking the quorum needed to hold a final vote on the bill. According to the state’s House rules, at least 100 members were required to be present for the chamber to conduct business.

Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican who supports the bill, responded to the Democrat’s move in a statement on late Sunday, vowing to call a special session to revisit the bill.

“I declared Election Integrity and Bail Reform to be must-pass emergency items for this legislative session. It is deeply disappointing and concerning for Texans that neither will reach my desk. Ensuring the integrity of our elections and reforming a broken bail system remain emergencies in Texas. They will be added to the special session agenda. Legislators will be expected to have worked out the details when they arrive at the Capitol for the special session,” Abbott wrote.

State Rep. Chris Turner (D), the chair of the House Democratic Caucus, appeared to be the main impetus for the walkout. According to several media outlets, Turner had sent a text message informing other Democrats to “leave the chamber discreetly” ahead of the midnight deadline.

The Democrat lawmakers then confirmed their move following the walkout saying that on Sunday, they used their “last tool” to kill the bill.

“We denied the quorum that they needed to pass this bill and we killed that bill,” Turner told reporters.

“One of the many great traditions of the African American church in this country is ‘Souls to the Polls.’ … Republicans were determined to take that away.”

The Texas House Republican Caucus responded to the move, condemning the actions of their colleagues.

“The Texas House Republican Caucus condemns the actions of their colleagues in the Texas House who chose to vacate their Constitutional responsibility and leave millions of Texans without resolution on key issues in the final hours of the legislative session,” the statement said.

“These individuals quit on their constituents and they quit on Texas. The Caucus is fully committed…

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Original article posted by Janita Ran to The Epoch Times. Title changed by Montana Daily Gazette.




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